Stinging Insect Identification

What are stinging insects?

When we think of stinging insects, wasps and bees immediately come to mind. These are the most common stinging insects you will come across in your yard. Both are winged insects with a stinger extending from the abdomen. One of the biggest differences between bees and wasps is the size of their colonies. Bees tend to live together in large colonies with more than 75,000 members, while wasps live in smaller colonies with populations of around 10,000.

a bee pollinating a white flower

One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between bees and wasps is that bees typically have furry bodies, while wasps usually have a smooth, shiny body. Wasps also tend to have a more defined waist than bees.

  • Bees are primarily responsible for the pollination that helps plants and crops grow and provide food for animals and people. They hold huge value within our eco-system.
  • Wasps are also eco-important. They are predators and help to control populations of nuisance and dangerous insects.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

When we are near stinging insects, the potential of danger is always there. Stinging insects like bees and wasps all possess venom strong enough to create health concerns in those allergic. Some species of stinging insects are more aggressive than others. In those that have a short temper, just merely walking past the nest could elicit an attack. Other species of stinging insects may only attack when provoked or threatened.

When stinging insects live outside away from humans, they typically cause us no harm and should be left alone, but when they decided to nest in or around your home, they can become a danger, and removing the nest becomes the only option. Getting rid of a stinging insect nest is dangerous and should always be completed by a trained and experienced professional.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Almost any property can become a place where stinging insects decide to nest. They will place their nest in any spot that shelters them from extreme weather elements and predators.

Properties with easy access to food and water are most attractive to stinging insects as well as other pests. Things like gardens, fields, tall grass, and flowering trees are most appealing to stingings insects. Predatory species like wasps often feed on many of the same things we do, so open trashcans, pet food, and outdoor eating areas will attract these pests.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects nest in various places, including the abandoned nests of small animals or other ground holes that may develop in your yard. Some prefer to nest aerially on tree branches, shrubs under roofs, or in doorways. Others prefer to nests inside cavities of trees, rock walls, and chimneys. Sometimes stinging insects will find a way inside of our home through cracks in exterior walls and create a nest inside crawlspaces and behind wall voids.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Partner with Natura Pest Control to safely remove stinging insects from your property. Our pest control solutions are effective and eco-friendly. We have a deep understanding of stinging insect behaviors and the knowledge needed to accurately identify the species nesting on your property. Our experts will meet your Nevada property’s unique pest control needs and eliminate stinging insects through our residential or commercial pest control services. To learn more, call Natura Pest Control today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Stopping stinging insects from finding their way onto your property or inside your home can prove difficult. The best way to avoid stinging insects is to partner with a professional, implement routine pest control services, and eliminate the things from your property that attract them:

  • Place fruit trees and vegetable gardens at the perimeter of your yard, not right next to your home.
  • Limit the number of flowers planted in flower beds next to your home.
  • Eliminate water sources by repairing clogged gutters and ensuring proper drainage around your property. Also, avoid overwatering garden areas.
  • Fill in ground holes to prevent ground-nesting stinging insects.
  • Repair holes found along the roofline and install caps on chimneys.
  • Seal cracks and holes found in your home’s exterior.
  • Always keep tight-fitting screens in open windows and doors.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris to stop hungry wasps from foraging for food.

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